- Associated Press - Saturday, November 14, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s rifle deer hunting season is underway.

The season opened Saturday and runs through Sunday, Nov. 29.

Hunters may take one legal buck - a deer with at least one antler having two or more points - during the two-week season.

The state Fish and Wildlife Department is asking successful deer hunters to help collect information about the deer herd by providing a tooth from their deer to biologists. Hunters are asked to provide an incisor tooth from their deer when they go to a reporting station.

Biologists will use the teeth to evaluate regional differences in ages and antler characteristics of bucks as well as to help estimate population size, health and growth and mortality rates.

Officials say the information allows biologists to make better deer herd management decisions.

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